Who will make the team?

We can pretty much guarentee the Canuck’s won’t make a huge splash on July 1st and the very biggest move that could be made will be a trade involving Schiender. So let’s see what these few moves could be, and see what’s left and who has a shot at the getting the final roster spots. First of all I just want to say Cory Schiender was overrated and now is probably the most underrated player in the NHL. Okay he’s no Luongo. Canuck fans he’s not that good. Everyone else he’s not Rayflop #2. He will likely have the same value of maybe Ryan Miller if he reachs near his max potential, and since Schiender will likely develop atleast a bit more he at the worst will have around the same value as David Aebischer. HE HAS VALUE AND WILL BE A FAIRLY GOOD GOALIE!!! He was unbelievable in the playoffs and if they wrote that top 50 prospects thing a few months later he would be atleats a 4 or 5 spots higher.


To San Jose: Cory Schiender
To Vancouver: Steve Bernier

Since San Jose will likely trade one of the goalies (Wilson said they will), Schiender can backup Nabokov (assuming they keep him over Toskela), but play 20-28 games, and still develop. The Sharks have a few goalies in there system, but likely no one who will be more then a cheap decent starter. The Canuck’s need a proven goal scorer and Bernier has proven he can put up number’s. He put up 31 points this year, and will likely become at the least a 55 point scorer (fairly good). There are virtually no cheap right winger who play on a team without a goalie problem (The Sharks won’t have a goalie problem when the season starts). Bernier is a power forward which the Canuck’s need.


Taylor Pyatt, 2 years, 1.5 mil.
Jan Bulis, 2 years, 1.3 mil.
Lukas Krajicek, 3 years, 900k
Dany Sabourin, 1 year, 600k

Let go:

Brian Smolinski
Jeff Cowen (he’ll get more then 1.0 mil. like Rutuu)
Trevor Linden (will retire)
Brent Sopel
Tommi Santala
Josh Green


Petr Sykora, 3 years, 3.0 mil.

The Lineup:

extra: Alex Burrows, ?

extras: ?


Okay so there’s three roster spots left, so who will take them?

Here’s a list of candidates:

Michael Grabner likely won’t make the team unless he can make the top 3 lines, since he would be the worst penalty killer EVER!!! He plays horrendous defense. He will likely need a year to become stronger, and learn to play a better two way game.

Jannik Hansen is the most likely candidate to make it on left wing. He has great speed, and was able to keep up in the NHL playoffs. He actually even got quite a few scoring chance’s, and was actually one of the Canuck’s better forwards. He is guerenteed to make the team, but he definatly has the edge over everybody.

Rick Rypien showed he is able to be atleast a depth player at the NHL level, and unless he gets hurt in tryouts he will be on the team. He isn’t a star, but is good a depth player.

Mason Raymond is the only player except for Grabner and maybe Hansen who could put up big number’s at the NHL level (Hansen probably won’t). Raymond has ton’s of skill and was the Mouse’s best forward when he joined them late in the year. He will push Hansen for the final left wing spot. He probably is better then Hansen, but since Hansen played with the big club last year he will have the edge.

Luc Bourdon is going to be a star, but he might not be ready. He has to be able to make the top 5 (ahead of Krajicek) to make the team. I think he will, but he is a physical player, and will have a hard time adjusting.

Alex Edler showed he can play at the NHL level, and he could become a very good player. He could will become atleast become more valuable then Ohlund, and could become a lot like Andrei Markov.

The team after training camp:

Raymond-Bulis(can play center)-Hansen
extras: Burrows, Rypien

extras: UFA


Thta team is pretty good. They won’t be Cup contenders, but could surprise people. I think Sykora would work well with Henrik Sedin (he was lights out with Hemsky), and Bernier and Kesler would help save Nazzy.

What are your thoughts?

7 Responses to Who will make the team?

  1. smokz13 says:

    i think what you have suggested is probaley one of the more reasonable situations for the team. the only thing i would do diff is i would realy try to solidiffy the back end this year and let the young guys have it out in the forward positions. the reason for this is after next year both nazzy and mo are gone (unless nazzy takes a discount) and would free up a lot of room in the salery cap for the team to go after a couple forwards that can score. if the nucks do anything as far as a signing up front they need to find someone that can play with the sedin's. this should be a priority. they have played with to many diff wingers over the course of there carrers and need some stability. if sykora is the man than good. sign him for a couple years so the sedins know who they are playing with and dont suggest they may play with them like they did with bulis. hell mabey even get there imput on who they would like to play with.

  2. marleau07 says:

    Hey nice job!!!! i like the thought of the canucks of bringing up mason raymond, and the schiender trade for bernier. This was best article i have read yet for the canucks!!!!

  3. marleau07 says:

    the only thing is that i would rather have the canucks to sign Linden or Cowen insted of bulis

  4. smokz13 says:

    i think both players would be good fits for this team again. linden would be a great guy to have around for all the young guys that would be coming up. he also showed that he still has a passion for the game in him since he was one of the most consistant players for the team in the playoffs. cowan would be a great fit for the team, he is an energy guy and like cooke can deliver the momentum changing hits. with all the injuries that cooke has had in the last couple years he would be a good guy to have around, and the vancouver fans love him.

  5. Hoondog2 says:

    I don't see Schneider being on the Sharks wish list, and with some of their higher end forwards going to free agency or getting big raises (Marleau, Thornton next summer), I don't see the Sharks wanting to move one of their cheaper, yet effective forwards for a goalie.

  6. Sedin23 says:

    Bulis was great in the second half. Yes he took some bad penalties, but in the second half of the year was just as effective as Cowen, and Linden, plus Bulis has the skills to be a top player, and can kill penalties 9if he's not in the box). Like I said I think Linden will retire, and Cowen will get ton's of offers (like I said Rutuu #2). Do you think Cowen is worth 1.0 mil.? I take Bulis for 1.3 mil. over Cowen for 1.0+ mil.

  7. jonnygf40 says:

    Better article this time around.  I can see why the Canucks would try the Schneider move, but I can't see the Sharks biting.  And personally I kind of hope they don't.  Here's why.
    I finally love that the Canucks have prospects for almost every position.  I wouldn't want to see them start trading them away, even for current needs.  I say sign free agents for that, and hang on to your home grown talent.  Just look at the prospects we have now Bourdon, Edler, Schneider, Grabner, Raymond, the only real weekness we have for prospects is down the middle at center which is one issue that should definitely be addressed this draft.
    I agree that they should sign at least one bigger name free agent, and possibly one smaller move as well.  But I just hope they don't start trading away possible stars, even superstars, for current needs. 
    Defense looks solid, which is what they want in front of Luongo.  As far as Schnieder is concerned, I hope he plays for the Moose this next year and gets one year of pro under his belt, after that back up Lui for 2 years, and then possibly take over the reigns as number one if he's ready….if not sign Lui for as long as it takes.   With the wave of prospects the Canucks now have coming up it will free up some much needed cap space down the road once they all start filling up roster spots, much like Ottawa, San Jose, Anaheim and Nashville of this year.  They all use home grown players and are able to use their entry level contracts to free up cap space to sign much needed free agents.
    Anyways, good article, but I hope to Canucks hold on to their up and comers and simply plug some holes by signing a couple key free agents.

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